Season 12 brings changes to ‘American Idol'
Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “American Idol” said interesting changes are in store for this Season 12 of the show.
In addition to hitting some new towns, including Oklahoma City, for mass auditions, “We've actually taken an ‘American Idol' bus out to the little towns this year with a producer on board who have brought kids back in to the audition,” Lythgoe said.
People were also allowed to nominate someone who might not audition on their own.
The new judges bring a new set of dynamics to the table, Lythgoe said. Veteran “Idol” judge Randy Jackson will be joined by Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, the show's first country music judge.
“He is the scratching post between Mariah and Nicki,” Lythgoe said.
Minaj and Carey have been in gossip blogs for months for their squabbles on and around the show. Even seemingly cool Urban gets downright passionate about the job of judging, Lythgoe said.
“When it's his turn to speak, he gives his mind and he won't put up with anybody else knocking a kid down,” Lythgoe said. “He's had rows with Mariah, Randy and Nicki. A big one with Nicki in truth.”
Mike Knopp alluded to something unexpected in the Oklahoma City portion of the show. He is executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, where much of the local audition process was held.
“I think there will be some surprises on the show for Oklahoma City” Knopp said, mysteriously. “Let me put it this way, (the judges and crew) had a great time here and I think it will really show in the show.”